Windows 10: Disable Signed Driver Enforcement

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How can I install drivers that are not digitally signed? Like my Passport writer, or any other driver that isn’t digitally signed…

Windows 10 (as well as Windows 8 and 8.1) enforces driver signatures by default, in order to ensure that the drivers you install have passed inspection and will not make your computer crash or misbehave. It’s a good thing, really, but some companies haven’t digitally signed their device drivers for whatever reason. In these cases, you need to disable this feature in Windows before you can try to install or use the device. This disable driver signature enforcement feature can be disabled to install drivers that are not digitally signed, using following steps. These instructions are the same for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. Please read this article in its entirety BEFORE executing the steps so that you know what to look for, including the note below the instructions.

  • Unplug the device you are trying to install drivers for from the computer, IF you haven’t already

  • Click the Start menu and select Settings

  • Click Update and Security

  • Click on Recovery

  • Under Advanced Startup click the Restart Now button

  • When the computer reboots to a new, typically blue, screen, click Troubleshoot

  • Click Advanced Options

  • Click Startup Settings

  • Click on Restart

  • When the system restarts again, you will see a new screen with a list of about 10 or so menu items. On this new Startup Settings screen press ‘7’ or ‘F7’ on your keyboard to disable driver signature enforcement

  • Your computer will restart automatically and you can now install non-digitally signed drivers just as you normally would, except now they will actually install.

  • Once your drivers are installed, connect your device before you restart you computer again just to make certain they installed properly.

Disabling driver signature enforcement is NOT a permanent change. When you restart your computer again, the driver signature enforcement will be re-enabled. That means you need to install the driver that isn’t signed BEFORE you reboot your computer again. Once the driver is installed, it’s in there, and becomes an accepted unsigned driver by Windows. You won’t need to follow that process again unless you need to reinstall it, or another unsigned driver.

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